NETL's New SGI Super Sets the Bar for Energy Efficiency

The Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has deployed a new SGI ICE Cube Air modular data center with extreme energy efficiency. Currently ranked at #55 on the TOP500, the system is being used for energy research at various scales ranging from molecules, to devices, to entire power plants and natural fuel reservoirs.

This datacenter provides the HPCEE one of the lowest power utilization efficiency (PUE) infrastructures available, with a range of 1.01 to 1.1 PUEs. To date, the HPCEE has one of the lowest recorded PUEs achieved in the industry, using only one percent of total electrical consumption to cool the equipment—far surpassing the DOE Office of the Chief Information Officer’s standard of 40 percent. The increase in efficiency translates to electrical energy cost savings of approximately $450,000 annually.

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